Climbing into an upper berth/Shoes on fan

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#1 Nov 30th, 2010, 17:57
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We will be travelling on overnight trains in classa 2A. We have been allocated upper berths (even my husband, who is a "senior man") presumably because the trains are very full (January).

I have looked at the pictures of trains and the upper berths look very high to me and none of the photos showed a ladder ... so how do you actually get up to the upper berth (and even more importantly, get down during the night to go to the loo!). If there is no ladder, I need step-by-step instructions!

This may be a dumb question, but I have searched and not found an answer. Last time we were in India we only travelled during the day so although I have been in class 2A I did not turn my mind to the question.

I know that people will sometimes swap with older people but as we are boarding the train very late at night I don't think I can count on this.
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Don't worry, Judyb, there IS a ladder. At least there was in my recent (and first ever) train journey overnight from Jaisalmer to New Delhi. If I can climb a ladder then I am sure you can too. One tip - keep your shoes with you, remove before soiling the (provided) bed linen, and place them on top of the fan, so you can access them easily in the dark if you need to go the loo in the night.
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I send Mrs N up --- not because of the climb, but because I do not want to be close to either the fan or the AC outlet. She likes both.
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Usually you can request and swap berths with your fellow passengers. I would not sweat over it

Talk to the Ticket Checker/Collector whenever he comes to check your tickets. He'll be in a better position to shuffle you guys to a lower berth.
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You can request your fellow passenger to swap your berth.
I doubt the TTE can't request a passenger to swap it with yours, after all he is on duty.
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To the OP: Unlike theyyamdancer I have never seen a regular 'ladder' on my many overnight trips but the iron (?) construction at the foot end of the berths serves as a ladder. So you actually 'enter' your upper berth from the foot, or aisle, end. You'll manage. Millions of people have managed before you.

To everybody else: The OP states that they are boarding the train very late, hence swapping berths is probably not an option (as she thinks, and I agree).
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post One tip - keep your shoes with you ...place them on top of the fan
Interesting. Won't they fall down in a moving train, even more so when somebody switches the fan on? What about dirt/dust on shoes? Won't it end up all over the place because of the draught created by the fan?
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My wife and I are both seniors and had to travel in the upper bed sometimes.
Climbing up at the foot end was not a problem at all.
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Originally Posted by Wildhorse View Post Interesting. Won't they fall down in a moving train, even more so when somebody switches the fan on? What about dirt/dust on shoes? Won't it end up all over the place because of the draught created by the fan?
No, they donot fall off.
No dust all over the place either.
Try it sometime.
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Originally Posted by theyyamdancer View Post One tip - keep your shoes with you, and place them on top of the fan, so you can access them easily in the dark if you need to go the loo in the night.
The fan draws air from the rear.

You want people to smell your shoes and feet.

Yucky!
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Well, I am terribly sorry if my footwear offends you guys, even virtually.

I can assure you that there was nothing yucky about it. My friends travelling with me in the four-berth compartment had suggested this ruse to me; I merely complied with their experienced tactics.

In any case, it was a one-off. "Off" being the operative word here - the fan was "OFF" during the entire journey since it was broken.
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Don't worry TD! I've seen people's shoes on the fans plenty of times. The fan is inside a kind of metal mesh and it is this that the shoes are actually sitting on. And in any case Judy said she'd be travelling in January, and we're talking about an overnight journey, so I doubt very much the fan would be on.
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It's quite possible but just not pretty. I use the ladder on each side ie the one for the side berth too. Best to try to climb when not too many are watching - have had a few Monica Lewinski type moments with ungainly entry or exit!

Best of luck.
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The ladder isnot an easy one. So I suggest to convince your neighbors to change their berth. I always book low berth but very often I change my berth with people older than me.

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Putting shoes over the fan in A.C. coaches...

I've seen people putting shoes on fan cages in non A.C. sleeper coaches as there are chances getting them stolen at night...

But, in an A.C. 2 tier coach...really incredible....

The floors are not so dirty....
One can walk a little bare-footed to reach his/her shoes...

Once i saw a tourist in Kalighat temple putting his slippers in his jacket pockets before entering the temple...
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